I already explained “that that which created the universe is different from the God of Christianity.” To be more precise, I should have said—a different aspect of the God of Christianity. Like the example of the different men feeling different parts of the elephant and only experiencing that specific reality (aspect).
I also said, “I do believe in the personal Creator that the bible reveals to us, however, the personal Creator is just that—personal—(we all have extension to Him).” This would be better expressed in that—we all have our personal subjective extension to Him. Then I said, “On the other hand, that which created the universe is something altogether different”—meaning that it is the universal objective all-embracing reality.
The following excerpts (there is more in the links supplied) will further accommodate any other pertinent answers to your critical questions;
Panentheism is the belief that God exists inside of everything, but is at the same time, transcendent of everything. In this type belief, God is seen as an eternal spark of all things, the Prime Mover, etc. Another possible interpretation of panentheism is that God, when creating the universe, turned into the universe itself. This makes it a slightly less metaphorical version of pantheism, and a more specific version of deism (often referred to as pandeism). Of course, there is no way of proving or disproving this case, as the only possible evidence to support it is existence itself.
Solving One Particular Problem
In many of the cosmological arguments, there is no mention of what God used to make the universe. This is often referred to by the Latin phrase creatio ex materia, creation from existing materials. While creation is often thought as being entirely creatio ex nihilo, or creation from nothing, the central problem is that most analogies, supporting arguments and even the very definition of “cause” itself - all used to support creation - rely exclusively on creatio ex materia examples. The analogy that a painting implies a painter, for example, makes no reference to the fact that it also implies paints, pigments, brushes, solvents and a canvas, or whatever tools you wish to visualise as associated with a painting. Panentheism and the interpretation that God turned itself into the universe goes some way to providing an answer to this. “God” in this definition, forms all of or part of the raw materials for the universe, satisfying some degree of an ex materia condition.
Pandeism is a belief system that can be seen as a combination of deism, where the creator of the universe takes no part in its operation, and pantheism, where the Creator and the universe are one and the same. Pandeism suggests that this Creator (not necessarily a currently worshiped deity) made the universe by becoming the universe.
Pandeists contend that this answers some objections to both deism and pantheism, namely that deism doesn’t explain why a Creator would create, then abandon the universe, and pantheism does not explain where the universe/god originates. Like some pantheists, pandeists see nature and the Creator as synonymous, and that scientific inquiry will reveal the mechanisms by which the universe/god operates.
I am a believer in God and therefore have a basis for my belief and some evidence to back it up. Why an eternal animating force? Because God is eternal, God is animating the world, and God is a force (energy, spirit).
Yes to all of the above—except guiding the world towards nothing at all. And, of course—the force is within me.
These are my beliefs and I believe they are true because they rationally explain the unanswered critical questions that have faced mankind for millennia about Christianity and the world in which it operates.
May the force be with you